THE PLEASANTRIES OF OLD QUONG. Thomas Burke.

THE PLEASANTRIES OF OLD QUONG. London: Constable & Co, Ltd., [1931]. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vii [viii] [1-2] 3-279 [280: ads], original orange cloth, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. "A series of horror, crime and supernatural tales mostly set in London's Chinatown ..." - Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 120. Published in the U.S. as A TEA-SHOP IN LIMEHOUSE (1931). Mixed collection, mostly criminous, but some weirds, including "The Hands of Mr. Ottermole," noted tale of unsuspected psychopath; "Desirable Villa," premonition of murder; "The Yellow Imps," murder and madness. According to Queen (Queen's Quorum, p. 66), "The Hands of Mr. Ottermole" is Burke's "detective masterpiece ... the last word in the evocation of atmosphere and terror on the printed page ..." Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 46. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 120. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 15. Hubin (1994), p. 119. Spine panel darkened, top edge of text block dusty, small stain on the fore-edge of the sheets, a very good copy in about good dust jacket (illustrated by EJIA) with stains to rear panel, some general dust soiling, spine panel separated from front panel along fold, wear at edges, and shallow loss along top edge of spine panel. (#155517).

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"First published 1931" on copyright page.